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Thursday, August 16, 2012- North Korean officials threatened to reconsider existing agreements with the United States in a recent meeting in Singapore, two sources familiar with the discussions told The Cable. The North Korean warning comes as analysts speculate that Pyongyang may be preparing a fresh nuclear test, a development that could raise tensions in Asia and embarrass U.S. President Barack Obama in the middle of a closely fought re-election campaign.
At the secret meetings in Singapore, the North Koreans told two U.S. experts they were no longer interested in resurrecting that arrangement and said they were reconsidering their previous agreements to eventually denuclearize as well. Via Foreign Policy
I’m sure this question has been passed around a few circles including those within the White House in recent months but is it time to start drawing the battle plans? North Korea has been pushing buttons of nations that can literally destroy them in a few weeks without breaking a sweat and they do it because they have gotten away with it every single time. South Korea has lost 50 members of its armed forces this year alone but still no invasion? If the United States had lost just one soldier to North Korea there would be calls for all out war so why does the U.S. push for calm?
China is the reason that the United States and South Korea do not want to fully destroy North Korea. The last time we tried, damn near successfully, to kick North Korea’s ass; China stepped in. Back in the 50′s we certainly could have taken on China but today that is a much different story and we would have our asses handed to us one on one. China, as well as North Korea, is Communist though and since much of the world despises Communism it wouldn’t take much for us to get the support needed to take them on.
North Korea being backed by the largest military in the world does give them a lot of leverage but when they constantly violate international law; how much longer can we let them think they’re the shit? The truth is we can’t wait long at all. If we continue to bow to them, while China strengthens itself, then we will have no real chance of defeating either country. Someday China will be the strongest country in the world and we simply won’t have the power to fight a huge war like this.
The reason I keep putting China and North Korea in the same category is because even if China didn’t help North Korea they certainly wouldn’t want a U.S. base on their border. Think of it like China taking over Cuba. The irritation would slowly build until we just level the place and China would do the same. The United States knows that taking on North Korea means an eventual war with China and they can’t figure out how to win that one, although Obama may have just ensured a clear cut victory if it ever comes to it.
Many have criticized Obama’s recent venture to India but I think it’s the best thing he has done since his inauguration. India, the world’s largest Democracy, is a bitter rival with China and the only nation that can take on China both economically and financially. Their military is also kick ass and it scares the shit out of China that we’re making friends with them. So in reality the United States, with its allies, is more than capable to take on China and North Korea and win but it’s only a matter of when.
China or not I think it is necessary that the United States finishes the job in North Korea. Allowing ourselves to be pushed back to the armistice line that separates the Korea’s today was a mistake. The U.S. also needs a clear cut victory. Since North Korea is a uniformed military, unlike al-Qaeda, someone would have to surrender and the U.S. desperately needs that to keep up appearances as an international badass. Should the U.S. undertake this task now? No. It should certainly be planning for it within the next decade though.
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